Melvin Hartman

August 28, 1952 - January 30, 2021

Melvin J. Hartman, age 68, of New Prague, died peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at Central Heath Care in Le Center, MN.  Mel was born on August 28, 1952 in New Prague to Alfred Christ and Veronica (Deutsch) Hartman.  He graduated from New Prague High School and then entered the US Army and was stationed in Germany during the Vietnam War.  He married Carol Nold on November 20, 1982 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in New Prague.  Mel owned and operated West End Liquors until retirement.  Mel was Mr. Congeniality and a well-known jokester, able to talk to anyone.  He could always be found in the lobby of Praha Village, his most recent residence, ready to engage whoever walked in the door!  He enjoyed a good game of golf and loved baseball as a proud member of the Union Hill Baseball Team.  He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion, and the New Prague Area Veterans Honor Guard.


Mel is survived by his children, Jacob Hartman (fiance, Brittany Anderson) of New Prague, Kayla (Anthony) Anderson of New Prague, Bradford Hartman of New Prague; grandchildren, Bennett, Charlie, & Reese; sisters, Mary Ellen Pass of Shakopee and Linda (Ken) Picka of New Prague; brother-in-law, Donald Picka of New Prague.  He is preceded in death by his wife, Carol, on March 29, 2007; parents; brother, Marvin; sisters, Lavina Hartman & Ginny Picka.


Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, February 4, 2021 at 10 AM at St. Wenceslaus Church with Father Eugene Theisen officiating.  Public may enter church beginning at 9:35.  Masks and social distancing are strictly enforced.  Casket will be briefly opened at 9:50 when everyone is seated for viewing from your seat.  Mass will be live-streamed on  Burial will occur at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery where the New Prague Veterans Honor Guard will provide military honors.  Memorials preferred in lieu of flowers.

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Roger and Pam Chlan
2 months ago

Our sympathies to your family.

LeeAnn Ruehling
2 months ago

Such an awesome and kind man. I’ll always remember him and his scratch lottery tickets and his you are all in my thoughts and prayers

Bob and Colleen Pavek (Laddusaw)
2 months ago

Mary Ellen, Linda and all of the Hartman family, our sincere sympathy to you on your loss.

Mary Ellen Baldwin
2 months ago

My Condolences and Deepest Sympathy to Melvin’s Family. I am so so sorry.
Many great times with Melvin and I will always have those memories.
Rest in Peace My Dear Friend

Mark Simon
2 months ago

Hi, Mark Simon here, I remember how much fun Mel was to be around. Mel, Whitey and I used to go to All Star Wrestling matches together. I was the designated driver.

Jean Keogh
2 months ago

Jacob, Kayla, Bradford, Our deepest sympathies to you and yours. Jean was a good friend of your mother’s back in the 1980’s; she was my maid of honor. Was very happy when she and your father got serious and married. Wishing you peace, comfort, and hope during this difficult time. Keeping you and yours in our thoughts and prayers. Ed & Jean Keogh, Montgomery, MN

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